Here’s one of my favourite mineral makeup companies.
Ok, not so much for their makeup, but rather, for the skincare. The skincare selection, while small, has several items that I’ve tried, liked and purchased full sizes of. The regular free international shipping promotions, usually with a minimum of US$15/20/25 purchases are a boon to an international customer like me, when shipping can sometimes cost more than the items.
The site is easy to navigate, prices are fair and payment for me has always been through Paypal. While customer service is not the best, I’ve had only minimal problems thus far. Besides, the free shipping deal really works its magic on me over its less-than-sterling customer service.
Joppa Minerals has both an online store and a brick & mortar store, with separate facebook pages for them too.
Here’s showcasing a facial cream & lotion that I’ve purchased from Joppa Minerals – the Botanical Oil Free Lotion and the Victorious with Bio Q-10 Cream.
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The Victorious with Bio Q-10 Cream can be purchased at US$19 for a 1.7 oz bottle at http://www.joppaminerals.com/products/Victorious-with-Bio-Q%252d10.html
The Botanical Oil-Free Lotion can be purchased at US$19 for a 1.7 oz bottle at http://www.joppaminerals.com/products/Botanical-Oil-Free-Lotion-1.7oz.html
I really love these hygienic airless pump dispenser bottles with nozzles that dispense precise amounts, so no unnecessary wastage. They’re also see-through so you know when to start stocking up from Joppa again 😉Joppa says: An extremely gentle, herbal infused, oil free formula, Great for Oily Skin. This non-greasy formula absorbs quickly helping to leave your skin soft and shine free. Unscented. TO USE: massage product onto clean skin 1-2 times per day. INGREDIENTS: purified water, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, emulsifying wax (plant source), cetyl alcohol (plant source), vegetable stearic acid, xanthan gum (plant source), potassium sorbate (plant source), soybean protein, caprylyl glycol (from coconut), organic aloe barbadensis leaf extract, organic matricaria recutita(chamomile) flower extract, organic calendula officinalis flower extract, organic althea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, palmitic acid (plant source), tocopherol (natural vitamin E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C ester), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citric acid (from citrus fruit).
The Botanical Oil-Free Lotion is a new release and the waterproof and seemingly rub-proof white label is different from the silver label on the Victorious, which has its letterings rubbed off through continuous handling.
This is really oil-free and non-greasy in finish. In fact, I find that it mattifies my skin without stripping. I attribute that to the baking soda in the ingredients. I particularly like the magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C ester) and soothing aloe vera compounds in the ingredient list.
This is about a 1/4 – 1/2 pump’s worth. It’s quite a concentrated blob and I find I don’t even need 1 full pump for the face.
This has good spreadability and is absorbed very quickly by the skin.
That’s how my skin looks with just a few more swipes. Matte! Completely absorbed!
I’d highly recommend this for oily/greasy/teenage troubled skin or just skins that need a basic moisturiser. This is really awesome stuff I wish I’d discovered back in my younger teenage acne ridden days. Seriously. My only grouse would be the price, as I feel that it could be slightly lower, owing to the simpler ingredients used, compared to the Victorious Q10.
My mum and I have been using this bottle for a couple of months or slightly more, through constant handling, you can see that the black letterings just don’t last on the silver label.
Personally, I find this an AWESOME price for the ingredients it has, like ubiquinone (coenzyme Q-10), astaxanthin, lycopene, alpha lipoic acid and ascorbyl palmitate. While this is touted more towards mature/ageing skin, I don’t think anyone who’s looking into basic anti-ageing/lifting skincare will have problems. This is imho best used as a night cream as it has retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) which is photosensitive. It goes on slightly thicker than the oil-free lotion, is scented with what seems to be longan bean curd (I love the dessert, so the scent too) or somewhat Chinese almond-like, but is also readily absorbed by the skin with a near matte finish. Must be the sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in it too. I don’t think I’m using this regularly enough to note much effects as alternate my creams a lot. But this has a good feel, wears well and I don’t wake up with an oily face the next morning.
This is probably closer to 1/4 pump than 1/2, as 1 pump is way too much for my face alone. It has a thicker consistency than the oil-free lotion featured earlier.
After a couple of swipes. It does spread well but not as well as a watery lotion.
After rubbing it in with a few more swipes, it’s not fully absorbed with a near matte texture.
Would I repurchase them? You bet I would!
Overall score: 9.1